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Chamber Music Seminar

Director: Laura del Sol Jiménez | Ages: 13 and up | Tuition: $300 per semester

Saturdays: 12:00 – 1:00 pm | 10 Sessions: March – May | 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28 | 5/29 Concert
Location: Performance Space
Application and audition required.

Chamber ensembles of voice and mixed instruments, string quartets, trios, and many other instrumentations are formed by students, according to enrollment.*
Students are coached by a faculty member and will rehearse independently. This class develops the student’s ability to collaborate efficiently and fosters appropriate rehearsal etiquette.

Students will also achieve a deeper understanding of the style of the pieces they are performing, through exposure to information about the historical context and the composer’s ideals.

At the end of this course, students will perform in concert the selected repertoire for the chamber ensemble in which they participate.
Audition required

NEW! – Portland Conservatory Music Certification

Program enrollment for the 2022-2023 Session will begin in Fall 2022

Sign up here to stay up to date on application dates and new developments!

Director: Laura del Sol Jiménez | Ages 13+
Fall Semester: 12 sessions
Spring Semester: 10 sessions

Applicants must submit an application for the program.

Current college prep students are automatically enrolled in the certificate program. Audition not required for returning students.

To view the required classes, ensembles and lesson hours required for this certification please review the course page HERE.

The Portland Conservatory of Music Certification is a competitive and professionally oriented program dedicated to the musical and personal growth of musicians of all ages.

There are two certification levels, Standard and Advanced, that offer a diverse mix of classroom, ensemble, performance and lecture over the course of 4-6 semesters.
This Certification is specially designed to widen students musical knowledge to become a more well rounded musician and person, strengthen their resume or college application, prepare for auditions, music schools or a career in music; and create lifelong connections with peer musicians and faculty. The program is also open to adults interested in enhancing their musical background and performance skills.

Upon completion of the program students will receive a certificate and transcript detailing the courses, ensembles and lessons that they completed while at the Portland Conservatory of Music.

Adult Choir

Instructor: Liz Rollins | High School and Adult Singers (15+)

Coming: Fall 2022 | Location: Performance Space

Adult choir for beginning and advanced singers.

Youth Choral Classes | Boy Singers of Maine and Girl Singers of Maine

Instructor: Shelley Willcox | For Boys and Girls Grades K-1 and 2 | Tuition: $190, Singer’s mask included.

Wednesdays: 4 – 4:30 pm | 17 Sessions: Jan. 12 – May 18 |  1/12, 1/19, 1/26; 2/2, 2/9, 2/16; 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30; 4/6, 4/13, 4/27; 5/4, 5/11, 5/18 | Location: Performance Space

Welcome! My Friends and I Sing is a group class that nurtures a love of singing.

The musical concepts experienced by our young singers become the building blocks for our Youth Choral Program.

Our repertoire is drawn from diverse cultures, styles and movement experiences. As we learn new songs, we develop the skills necessary to use our voices in beautiful, exciting and creative ways.

We sing, we incorporate poetry and movement, we meet new friends, we laugh and experience the joy of singing together.

We conclude our semester with a Greatest Hits Songfest for family and friends. Please join us.

Instructor:  Shelley Willcox | For Boys and Girls Grades 3-5 | Tuition: $245, Singer’s mask included

Wednesdays: 4:45 pm – 5:45 pm | 17 Sessions: Jan. 12-May 18 | 1/12, 1/19, 1/26; 2/2, 2/9, 2/16; 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30; 4/6, 4/13, 4/27; 5/4, 5/11, 5/18 | Location: Performance Space

Based on classical pedagogy, our singers work toward healthy voice production in a fun, inclusive setting.

Posture, breathing, diction, blend, melodic and rhythmic patterns, meter, dynamics, storytelling and beginning stage presence are introduced within the context of our recital repertoire.

Our choristers learn unison songs, ostinatos, rounds, descants and partner songs as they make friends and work toward shared goals.

We conclude our semester with a performance in PCM’s Spring Recital.

  • A brief placement audition is required for new students.

Instructor: Shelley Willcox | For Boys and Girls Grades 6-8 | Tuition: $245, Singer’s mask included

Mondays: 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm | 17 Sessions: Jan. 10 – May 23 | 1/10, 1/24, 1/31: 2/7, 2/14, 2/18; 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28; 4/4, 4/11, 4/25; 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23 | Location: Performance Space

Based on classical pedagogy, our singers work toward healthy voice production in a fun, inclusive setting.

Posture, breathing, diction, resonance, blend, sight-singing, two-part harmony, expression and stage presence are taught within the context of our recital repertoire.

Our choristers gain confidence and independence as they make friends and work toward shared goals.

We conclude our semester with a performance in PCM’s Spring Recital.

  • A brief placement audition is required for new students.

Instructor: Shelley Willcox | For Young Men and Young  Women Grades 9-12 | Tuition: $245, Singer’s mask included

Mondays 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm |17 Sessions: Jan. 10 – May 23  | 1/10, 1/24, 1/31; 2/7, 2/14, 2/28; 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28; 4/4, 4/11, 4/25; 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23 | Location: Performance Space

Based on classical pedagogy, our singers work toward healthy voice production in a lively, inclusive group setting.

As their relationship with music deepens, and their performances become more nuanced, our most advanced choristers perform a repertoire drawn from diverse cultures, styles and genres, including opera and musical theater.

Members of our Youth Ensemble will have the opportunity to participate in performances throughout the greater Portland community.

We conclude our semester with a performance in PCM’s Spring Recital.

  • A brief placement audition is required of new students.

Early Childhood Music

Enrollment full! Check out Session II-a!

Instructor: Miriam Schwanauer | Tuition: $110,  Singer’s mask fee included

Saturdays, 10:00-10:30 am: 6 sessions: Mar. 5-April, 16 | 3/5, 3/12, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16 | Location: Rehearsal Hall

Rhythm, melodic phrasing, memory, and listening are important for each of the groups during each session. Continuity between age-appropriate activities, and a sense of momentum (from rhythm, to song, to dance) keeps each group on their toes and participating.

Each group may work toward a performance at the end of the session.

Teacher and adult guardians work together to make music, movement, rhythm and rhyme a regular part of the children’s lives.

Adult guardians will learn the activities during class time, so they can share them at home.

  • 6 children max per family accompanied by one guardian.
  • Both participating children and accompanying Adult Guardians will need to wear a mask unless the child is under 2 years old.

Instructor: Miriam Schwanauer | Tuition: $110,  Singer’s mask fee included

Saturdays, 10:45-11:15 am: 6 sessions: Mar. 5-April, 16 | 3/5, 3/12, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16 | Location: Rehearsal Hall

Rhythm, melodic phrasing, memory, and listening are important for each of the groups during each session. Continuity between age-appropriate activities, and a sense of momentum (from rhythm, to song, to dance) keeps each group on their toes and participating.

Each group may work toward a performance at the end of the session.

Teacher and adult guardians work together to make music, movement, rhythm and rhyme a regular part of the children’s lives.

Adult guardians will learn the activities during class time, so they can share them at home.

  • 6 children max per family accompanied by one guardian.
  • Both participating children and accompanying Adult Guardians will need to wear a mask unless the child is under 2 years old.

Enrollment full! Email registrar@portlandconservatoryofmusic.org to be put on a waiting list for a potential Session III-a taking place later in the morning!

Instructor: Miriam Schwanauer | Tuition: $110, Singer’s mask included

Saturdays, 10:00-10:30 am: 6 sessions: April, 23-May 28 | 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28 | Location: Rehearsal Hall

Rhythm, melodic phrasing, memory, and listening are important for each of the groups during each session. Continuity between age-appropriate activities, and a sense of momentum (from rhythm, to song, to dance) keeps each group on their toes and participating.

Each group may work toward a performance at the end of the session.

Teacher and adult guardians work together to make music, movement, rhythm and rhyme a regular part of the children’s lives.

Adult guardians will learn the activities during class time, so they can share them at home.

  • 6 children max per family accompanied by one guardian.
  • Both participating children and accompanying Adult Guardians will need to wear a mask unless the child is under 2 years old.

Instructor: Miriam Schwanauer | Tuition: $135, Singer’s mask included

Saturdays, 10:45-11:30 am: 6 sessions: April 30-May 28| 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 5/28 | Location: Rehearsal Hall

Rhythm, melodic phrasing, memory, and listening are important for each of the groups during each session.

Continuity between age-appropriate activities, and a sense of momentum (from rhythm, to song, to dance) keeps each group on their toes and participating.

Each group may work toward a performance at the end of the session. Teacher and adult guardians work together to make music, movement, rhythm and rhyme a regular part of the children’s lives.

Adult guardians will learn the activities during class time, so they can share them at home.

  • 6 children max per family accompanied by one guardian.

Beginning Fiddle and Tune Learning

Instructor: Ed Pearlman | Tuition: $200 | Ages: 15+

Tuesdays, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm | 10 Sessions: Mar. 1 – May 3 | 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3| Location: Performance Space

Gain a good grounding in playing the violin through various fiddle traditions.

This class is for those who have already played at least a little, and those who would like to fill in gaps in their technique, or clear the cobwebs from their playing.

Learn ergonomic ways to play, and enjoy some good tunes from different cultures and at different tempos. It’s easier than you probably think, and you can’t start any younger!

All supporting materials will be provided online.

Instructor: Ed Pearlman | Tuition: $200 | Ages: 15+

Tuesdays, 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm | 10 Sessions: Mar. 1 – May 3 | 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3| Location: Performance Space

In this class, we’ll learn (or take a tour of) a new fiddle tune each week (other instruments welcome) with a focus on how to learn by ear. The only material available in advance will be a recording of the tune.

During the class, students will learn techniques of listening to note patterns, phrases, and using bowings and tune structure to sew everything together as we learn (rather than memorize) our tunes.

We’ll review all our tunes in each class, so there will be plenty of chances to play them.

Supporting materials, including recordings of phrases, patterns, and eventually sheet music, will be available online for practice and review.

Cello Choir

Instructor: John Bennett | Tuition: $279  | Adults (18+)

Fridays 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm | 9 Sessions | Jan. 14 – Mar. 18 |  1/14, 1/21, 1/28; 2/4, 2/11, 2/18;  3/4, 4/11, 3/18 | Location: Performance Space

Cello Choir is a cello ensemble class devoted to playing four-part compositions and arrangements.

One-third of the class will be to practice and improve sight-reading skills, and the rest of the time will be spent working on several pieces to be performed at the end of the semester.

Come and experience the joy and beauty of cellos singing together!

  • Materials will be provided
  • Prerequisite: Some sight-reading
  • Preferred skill level: Intermediate to Advanced

Instructor: John Bennett | Tuition: $270  | Adults (18+)

Fridays 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm | 9 Sessions | Mar. 25 – May 20 | 3/25; 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29; 5/6, 5/13, 5/20 | Location: Performance Space

Cello Choir is a cello ensemble class devoted to playing four-part compositions and arrangements.

One-third of the class will be to practice and improve sight-reading skills, and the rest of the time will be spent working on several pieces to be performed at the end of the semester.

Come and experience the joy and beauty of cellos singing together!

  • Materials will be provided
  • Prerequisite: Some sight-reading
  • Preferred skill level: Intermediate to Advanced

Middle Eastern Ensemble

Instructor: Eric LaPerna | Tuition $180 | Ages 16+

Thursdays: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm | 6 Sessions: March 24–May 12 | March 24th, 31st; April 14th, 21st, 28th; May 12th | Location: Performance Space

The Middle Eastern Ensemble will work on Turkish, Arabic and Armenian music from the folk, classical and Sufi traditions.

The ensemble will feature traditional instruments like the oud (fretless lute), nay (reed flute), and percussion, as well as woodwinds, bowed instruments, bass, guitar, keyboard and accordion.

This class is for teenagers and adults who are at an intermediate to advanced level on their instrument.

At the end of each 6-week session there will be a public performance of the pieces the class has been working on.

Jazz Studies

Instructor: Titus Abbott | Tuition: $200 | 12 and up (two years of experience preferred)
Wednesdays, 6:30 or 7:30 PM TBD | 10 Sessions: Mar 16, 23, Apr. 6, 13, 27, May 4, 11,18, 25 – June 1(Concert)

This improvisation class is for players with some prior experience in a jazz band or jazz combo who want to learn to improvise in both traditional and non-traditional styles.

The class focuses on improvising on standard and contemporary jazz material.

An intro to jazz composition, free jazz improv and group improv along with an end of session performance are planned.

Master classes with local musicians are incorporated.

Instructor: Titus Abbott | Tuition: $200 | 12 and up (by audition only)
Wednesdays, 6:30pm or 7:30 PM TBD | 10 Sessions: Mar 16, 23, Apr. 6, 13, 27, May 4, 11,18, 25 – June 1(Concert)

This improvisation class is for players with some prior experience in a jazz band or jazz combo who want to learn to improvise in both traditional and non-traditional styles.

The class focuses on improvising on standard and contemporary jazz material.

An intro to jazz composition, free jazz improv and group improv along with an end of session performance are planned.

Master classes with local musicians are incorporated.

  • Audition required

Instructor: Tyler Heydolph | Tuition: $200 | 18 and up
Tuesdays, 7:00 | 10 Sessions: Mar 15, 22, Apr. 5, 12, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24 – June 1 (Concert)

This improvisation class is for adults who play traditional jazz instruments or strings at an intermediate level and who can read basic melodies or learn by ear.

The class introduces students to standards and jazz blues charts. An introduction to free jazz improv and group improv leads to an end of session performance.

Instructor: Titus Abbott | Tuition: $200 | All Ages
Wednesdays, 6:30pm or 7:30 PM TBD | 10 Sessions: Mar 16, 23, Apr. 6, 13, 27, May 4, 11,18, 25, 31

This is an informal survey of jazz from the early days of New Orleans right up to the present day in New York City and Europe.

The focus is on listening to recordings and discussing developments and influences. The bulk of the course will cover early Be Bop to the present day including free jazz and the loft scene.

The class will be scheduled based on expressed interest.

Instructor: Titus Abbott | Tuition: $200 | All Ages

Mondays, 7:00-8:00 | ONLINE | 10 sessions: Apr 11, 18, 25; May 2, 9, 16, 23; June 6, 13, 20

This course covers jazz theory from basic chords and scales to chord substitutions and altered scales.

The focus is on aural understanding with the use of recorded samples and demonstrations on piano or saxophone.

An introduction to basic jazz composition concepts is also introduced.